The hotel is located in the Lungomare part of Scilla which is on the other side of the Ruffo Castle if approaching from the north. Although not the best hotel in town (check out Hotel U’Bais on the Chianalea side) it is really a great little place.
Palace Karaiitis is a rather small hotel, with eight rooms. There is no lift and the stairs are quite steep.
The rooms, especially ones overlooking the sea are very spacious. Our room, number 201, was huge and had three balconies on two sides of the building. They are tastefully decorated with the usual accessories including bathrobes. Getting the TV to work proves rather impossible and in any case one can only watch Italian channels. Rather intriguingly the small safe was a portable box thus rather defeating the whole point of having it.
Breakfast is quite an experience. There is a contraption for boiling eggs and a juice squeezer with fresh oranges provided in the fridge. There was the usual selection of cakes and rather limited quantity of meats – this tends to run out particularly as the single receptionist doubles up as a waiter. This also explains why nobody clears up the tables until after the last guests have left.
There is no bar in the hotel although reception staff or the night porter can fetch the drinks from the restaurant.
Staff are very friendly although with rather limited knowledge of any languages other than Italian.
It is definitely worth trying the restaurant attached to the hotel particularly if fish is not your thing. In the town obsessed with seafood this is probably the only place in the whole of Scilla where you can get reasonably tasty meat dishes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Krataiis Palace is a elegant building of '700 located in one of the most beautiful corners of Calabria, Scilla, a small town overlooking the Straits of Messina, in the heart of the Costa Viola. Due to the sensitivity and skill of the owners the building has been restored, while maintaining the original architectural elements. The building houses the Hotel Krataiis, which offers suites and rooms with all comforts and services, treated with special care in selecting materials and furnishings. ... more less
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